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New and unveiled at the Trustech 2017 identification and payments product exhibition in Cannes, pictured, is the Rio Pro 360 card printer. The manufacturer Magicard describe the product as an evolution of their Rio Pro platform. The makers say the new ID printer features faster print speed, increased capacity and improved print quality. The 360 also has the all new ‘LYNK’ onboard intelligence – an embedded Linux-based CPU – for the secure processing of ID data.

The Rio Pro 360 has entirely new electronics and software. Colour cards with the HoloKote watermark can now print in 18 seconds from click-to-card, the company says. The LYNK onboard CPU has a wider colour spectrum to choose from. This means the printer can create more vibrant and colour-rich prints – which on an ID card means a truer representation of the subject. LYNK recognises USB and Ethernet and can be integrated with most third-party applications, whether locally or in the cloud. WiFi connection will soon be available.

Like its predecessor, the Rio Pro 360 can print an anti-fraud customised secure watermark on cards. LYNK now enables the secure online delivery of bespoke HoloKote watermarks to the printer. Where previously only one custom HoloKote design was available per printer, now users can store up to ten.

Magicard’s Technical Director Andy Cornelius, said: “The 360 is everything users love about the original Rio Pro but with significant enhancements in speed, print quality and connectivity. The LYNK onboard CPU is a first for the industry and we’re really excited to see how this helps our customers provide more secure ID solutions, it effectively means the printer has a brain on-board. The 360, with its encryption capabilities and secure watermark feature, helps us achieve our mission of enhancing trust in identity worldwide.”

The company’s products, made in Weymouth, are used worldwide to produce drivers’ licences and national ID cards. The company has sales and service offices in the United States, United Arab Emirates and China.


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